5 myths about the contraceptive Pill

July 23, 2015

Heard a rumour that the contraceptive Pill wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be? We’ve sorted the fact from fiction. MYTH: Long-term Pill use makes falling pregnant less likely A study at Copenhagen University Hospital last year found that levels of anti-Mullerian hormone and antral follicles, which predict fertilisation probability, were 19 and 16 per cent lower respectively in Pill users than those not taking a contraceptive pill. Ovarian volume…


Elsa Pataky talks food and fitness

July 23, 2015

Spain has bestowed a ton of gifts on the world: sangria, La Sagrada Família – and Elsa Pataky. But just like we’ve only recently climbed aboard the manchego cheese part express, it’s also taken us a while to discover what the Spanish have known for some time: Ms Pataky is hotter than a fresh paella. She’s starred in more than 25 films, including the multibillion-dollar Fast & Furious franchise, which…


Hiking With Your Hound

July 22, 2015

Summer is finally here, so why not turn that daily walk into an interesting and fun hike? It’s no secret that exercise is a necessity for both you and your dog. We often forget that our dogs are pack animals and their origins are rooted in hunting, playing and roaming all day. If you are already in the habit of walking your four-legged friend, you know that it’s a special time…


Sharpening Your Business Skills in the Summer

July 21, 2015

Summer days are perfect for a summer daze. You wake up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping, the sun already shining, and the smell of fresh-cut grass wafting through an open window. Summer in Michigan is particularly charming due to a delicious cocktail of one part perfect temperatures and two parts proximity to the lake. With all the allures of summer, it’s tempting just to sit back…


Mocktail Instpiration

July 20, 2015

Summer is in full swing, and July is the perfect month to entertain family and friends. Not all summer parties need to include a large meal and drinks to take you into the late evening. What about hosting a short, but heavy on sweet, “Mocktail Hour” from your cottage, park or front porch after work? A mocktail is a drink that is void of alcohol but includes fruit juice, soft…


Your Guide to a Responsible Summer

July 18, 2015

Many of us have heard the phrase “Sex, drugs, and rock and roll” before, but is there any merit to it? It sounds like fun, but there are ramifications that come from using drugs and alcohol. Many people consume alcohol to help them relax, feel more confident and less inhibited, but there are cautions to this approach that shouldn’t be overlooked. Different substances can affect the way you operate in…



July 17, 2015

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. According to a 2014 survey of residential landscape architects by the American Society of Landscape Architects, one of the most popular features to fill that space is the outdoor kitchen. The First Two Decisions “Outdoor kitchens expand a homeowner’s opportunities to gather together with family…


Kate Mara talks to Women’s Health

July 16, 2015

On-screen chameleon, unapologetic clothes horse, all-round risk taker – Kate Mara refuses to be typecast House of Cards creator Beau Willimon has reportedly raved about her fearlessness and US designer Gilles has said she’s a dream to dress because “she likes to dare”. That’s a recent development for the 31-year-old actress, who says she “dressed to disappear” at school, where she graduated a year early. In fact, Kate admits, she’d…


A Definitive Ranking of Every Vacation The Real Housewives of New York Have Ever Taken

July 15, 2015

These ladies are even more entertaining off the island of Manhattan. During the nine years of the Real Housewives franchise, the vacation has become a plot standby. It forces the women into a new space, it gets them wasted (or at least more so than usual), and it occurs maybe three-quarters of the way through the season, when tensions have been simmering for a while. This year, the ladies of…


Caitlyn Jenner on New Docuseries: ‘We’re Going to Do Some Good’

July 14, 2015

We don’t know about you, but we’re counting the days until the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series I Am Cait. Jenner released one teaser for the series earlier this month in which she did her makeup and talked about her new life as a woman. “You go through all of this stuff,” she says in the trailer, “and you start learning kind of the pressure that women are under all the time about…